Thanks. Can't see how to actually turn off the modem but I did disconnect from the internet.
However, prior to that with more fiddling and running wizards again, I am now in the position of having the status on the PC saying LAN connected. However the laptop will still not connect or be recognised by the PC although the laptops wizards say there is no detected problem with the network.
At some point in the past I set the workgroup title the same on both computers but now I can't remember how to do it on the Vista computer to check it is still the same!!
Hi, thanks for answering Tullie and MGMCC. Yes I am accessing internet with a USB ADSL external modem supplied by ISP.
Since first post I have been able to connect the Laptop as I fiddle about, but, not able to understand what I have done, then when laptop is turned off and on again there is no connectivity, although the PC is saying the there is a connection and the laptop is saying that it is connected to a network!
Try disabling Internet Connection Sharing in the PC, reboot and then enable it again on the USB Modem connection. When you do this, Windows will configure the network adapter with which you connect to the Laptop with the IP address 192.168.0.1 and Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0
In the Laptop, the "local Area Connection" should be set to get its IP address automatically, which it does by DHCP from the PC. It should get an address in the same 192.168.0.x range.
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